THE DISTRICT Chief Executive (DCE) of the Sekyere Afram Plains District, Mr. Philip Basoah, has toured 15 communities in the Afram portion of the district, and commissioned various projects in the area.
The communities he visited include Oyoko, Dagomba, Drobonso, Akrofoso, Banko, Sekyere Woraso, Asekyerewa, Bomeng, Dedease, Akrokyere, Bodwease and Kumawu, where separate durbars were organized durbars in honour of the DCE.
The chiefs of the various communities, appealed to the DCE to provide them with basic amenities such as boreholes, public place of convenience, markets and electric poles, while others pleaded for teachers' quarters, clinics, renovation of dilapidated school blocks, and reshaping and tarring of roads.
The chiefs of Oyoko and Sekyere, Nana Kojo Owusu and Nana Kwabena Anin respectively, urged the Assembly to institute measures to check the indiscriminate felling of trees by contractors in their areas.
According to them, the said contractors do not pay any form of compensation, after destroying their cash and food crops.
At James Town, Dagomba and Drobonso, their chiefs appealed to the DCE to provide them with boreholes, since all the water-bodies in the area had been polluted, through the activities of Fulani herdsmen.
According to the concerned chiefs, cattle drink from the same water-bodies, which serve as the main source of drinking water for the people. They said as a result, most of the people were suffering from water-borne diseases, including bilharzia.
The chiefs of Drobonso, Obrempong Dwamena Dankwa urged the assembly to rehabilitate the remaining 18 km stretch of the 32 km Kumawu-Drobonso road, and appealed for the construction of a bridge over the River Afram, and a market centre to help ease transportation of foodstuffs, from the over 60 communities on the other side of the river.
The chiefs of Sekyere and Woraso and Bodomase also urged the Assembly to provide them with markets,
Nana Agyemang Dua, Krontihene of Woraso, appealed to the Assembly to liaise with the appropriate authorities, for the establishment of a tomato factory in the area, which is a major producer of tomatoes.
Responding to their requests, DCE Basoah stated that the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), of which the district was a beneficiary, would see to the renovation of school blocks and reconstruction of roads in the district, and gave the assurance that the Assembly, would as well, map out a strategy to enhance the development of the district.
Meanwhile, Mr. Basoah commissioned a number of projects during the visit. At Bodomase, the DCE was joined by Nana Baffour Atta Tweneboah to inaugurate a 10-seater public place of convenience for the people
A three classroom block with an office, library, teachers' common room and toilet facility, constructed at the cost of GH¢360,000, was also jointly commissioned by Mr. Basoah and Nana Appiah Ababio at Asekyerewa.
A GH¢172,989 market complex, consisting of 130 stores and toilet facilities, was also commissioned at Dedease.
At the district capital, an 18-seater water closet facility, rehabilitated at the cost of GH¢360,000, was also jointly inaugurated by the DCE and Nana Peprah Kodua IV, acting President of Kumawu Traditional Council.
Nana Kodua appealed to the Assembly to work and upgrade the Kumawu Health Post, to befit the status of a district capital.